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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Spotlight: Pauline Baird Jones

LASR listers that attend the Wednesday chats, know I love me my Diet Dr. Pepper™. I’ve read all the emails about how awful all those chemicals are for my body and my brain, but I believe—through anecdotal experience—that Diet Dr. Pepper™ is key to my writing process, particularly in proximity to chocolate consumption. If there isn’t a can of that particular soda close at hand, then my muse does not show up until it does.

I don’t know why my particular muse is so partial to Diet Dr. Pepper™. I can totally not drink it when I’m not writing, but if my screen has Word pulled up and a blank file waiting for words, it’s not getting filled without Diet Dr. Pepper™.

My muse appears to be flexible on the subject of chocolate. I rotate between Twin Bings, which I have to import, btw, because you can’t buy them where I live. I also import Idaho Spud candy bars. It’s not as easy as you’d think to get them. I can only order them when it’s cold here in Houston, which doesn’t happen that often. Nor does it always stay cold enough, from when I place the order to when I get my order, for no melting to occur. Sadly, I will eat them anyway, but I prefer them in their proper, unmelted form.

I also rotate in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls—my only non-chocolate indulgence—if we don’t count Fig Newtons, which I’m not. And then there are the holiday variations. I like anything both chocolate and coconut. I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to track down Limited Edition Coconut M&Ms last year.

It might be sad (okay, maybe it is sad), but I give my food dysfunction partial credit for not only finishing Girl Gone Nova, but also my Steampunk romance novella, Tangled In Time. My muse and I have no trouble sharing credit with Diet Dr. Pepper™ and chocolate—as long as they don’t want a cut of my royalties.


Dena said...

Hi Pauline, A muse wants what a muse wants and you can't deny it,lol. I've never heard of Twin Bings before? I live in WA state so Idaho Spuds are everywhere. They are not pototoes in chocolate if anyone is wondering the name. I love chocolate in every form, and my new craze is chocolate with a bit of salt on it,yum.

Unknown said...

Pauline, enjoyed this! I have never heared of Twin Bings or Idaho Spuds- haven't seen either here in East TN. But I love chocolate, so I think I'll try to track these down.

Pauline said...

@ Dena -- oooh, love the choc/salt thing! We got a taste of some dark choc at Christmas with big chunks of salt. It was SO good! I do wish my muse had better taste. LOL!

Twin Bings are choc/w cherry cream center. The choc has crushed peanuts in it. Twin is for two of them per bar. YUM!

@ Christy - I can't find them here either and as I mentioned, getting them by mail can be challenging. I always seem to run out in August. I usually order a couple of boxes (of each) and freeze them.

The Idaho Spuds are dark choc w/sprinkling of coconut over this sort of foam of light choc. Also YUM!

I had to integrate the other choc for times when it was too hot to get my favs. LOL!

Virginia C said...

Hi, Pauline! All those goodies sound way better than just good...especially the Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls! Love that sweet and salty combo! The best of both worlds : )

Pauline said...

thanks for stopping by, Virginia! I do love the salted nut rolls. They take me back in time. Love 'em when I was young, love them now!

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Pauline, nothing like a little chocolate to offer some encouragement! hehe. I do Vermont Nut Free Chocs though since my 3 year old has a peanut allergy.

Good luck with Girl Gone Nova!


Pauline said...

Thanks, Steph! those sound good, too, though I think we've established that I like candy. LOL!

Shannon Baker said...

My father loved Twin Bings. I've never been able to try one. They just don't look right. I used to eat Werther's butterscotch hard candies while I write. But when I wrote a love (okay, sex) scene once, I crunched so many so quickly that it made my teeth hurt for a week!

Pauline said...

Maybe if you go the three bing Bing, it wouldn't look so wrong. LOL!

LOL about the candy story, too.

And thanks for stopping by!